Fredric George Barba, 72, of Tiffin, entered into eternal life Thursday morning, May 10, 2012, at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay.
He was born Feb. 7, 1940, in Metamora, to Paul Cruz and Jane (Russell) Barba. On Oct. 25, 1991, he married his beloved wife, Janis Hudson Barba.
Fred graduated from St. Mary's High School in Assumption and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He obtained his bachelor of business degree from the University of Toledo, and started out working in the accounting department for Hausman Steel and Cooper Tire. He went on to work as school treasurer for North Baltimore, Tiffin City Schools and Perrysburg School District, from which he retired.
Growing up as a child in Metamora, Fred's greatest memories were working on the Simon Farm, serving the church every Sunday morning as an altar boy, and Boy Scouting, where he was inducted into the Order of the Arrow. He also enjoyed helping Larry Malone with duties around the funeral home.
As an adult, Fred loved spending time at the lake house on Lake Erie, boating and traveling to the islands. He enjoyed collecting military history books and biographies, and watching ball games, especially the Cleveland Indians.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 20 years, Janis; four children, Steven (Kristina) Barba, Stephannie Barba, Stacy (John) Corbin, and Scott Barba; three stepchildren, Richard (Zelka) Hudson, Cheryl (Daniel) Hudson Eyster and Michelle (Richard) Hudson-Ross; 10 grandchildren (plus one on the way); one great-grandson; his sister, Judith (Lynn) Ott; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Thomas Paul Barba.
Visitation is 2-8 p.m., Tuesday, May 15, at the Weigel Funeral Home, 413 E. Main St., Metamora, (419) 644-3601, where a vigil service will take place at 7 p.m.
Prayers will begin in the funeral home at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 16, followed by a Mass of Resurrection at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Assumption, with Fr. Ron Schock officiating. Interment with military rites will follow at Amboy Township Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Church, 2649 US 20, Swanton, OH 43558.
Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.weigelfuneralhomes.com.